BY LYNTON AARON FILIA
SOLOMON Islands National University signed a new Memorandum of Understanding with the WorldFish yesterday.
SINU continues to expand its local and international networks through widening and strengthening of its academic, corporate, bilateral and multilateral stakeholder collaborations.
The form of collaboration signed between SINU and WorldFish aims to provide and foster world class scholarship through academic excellence, research and practical competency training.
Furthermore it seeks to explore opportunities in the area of research and institutional capacity building, to complement each other’s efforts in the pursuit of knowledge, in order to transform lives and provide relevant solutions to challenges confronting Solomon Islands’ living aquatic resources.
SINU’s Acting Vice Chancellor Prof Basil Marasinghe said SINU and WorldFish share common interest in accelerating scientific research, particularly in fisheries and other living aquatic resources that will benefit both current and future generations of Solomon Islands.
Mr Marasinghe said they have agreed to foster their relationship by entering into a MOU through which both parties will implement programme and activities stated specifically in the collaborative agreements.
“I firmly believe that the MOU signed today will greatly benefit the people of Solomon Islands, and I appreciate the work carried out by the Institute of Maritime and Fisheries Studies of SINU and Worldfish in preparing this MOU,” Marasinghe said.
Country Director of WorldFish Ms Delvene said WorldFish has been in Solomon Islands since 1986.
Delvene said WorldFish at present conducts research projects in fisheries with the involvement of communities in various provinces.
She hopes after signing of MOU with SINU, WorldFish with participation of the SINU’s department of fisheries can carry out research projects at a higher level which will benefit Solomon Islands.